On a Roll: Sushi Classes

Unleash your inner maki-maker at these upcoming sushi-rolling classes.

For some expert tips, check out these local institutions offering sushi-rolling classes throughout the year.

Chef Kitchen
Although he’s not Japanese, Chef Poon knows his stuff. And he’s enthusiastic about teaching, hosting one or two sessions a month on the art of rolling. This hands-on class covers all the basics, from how to properly season sushi rice to selecting the right knife. Classes include a full meal, take-home sushi, and guaranteed entertainment from Poon.
Next class: May 25th, 6 p.m. $95. 1010 Cherry Street, 2nd floor, 215-782-2258; josephpoon.com

Dilworthtown Inn
About four times a year, Hiroyuki Tanaka, executive chef of Pod in University City, heads to the inn’s demonstration kitchen to pass along tips, give personal instruction, and dish on what it’s like to be a restaurant sushi chef.
Next class: July 18th, 7 p.m. $75. 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 610-399-1390; dilworthtowninn.com

Kitchen Kapers
This culinary-resource mecca offers interactive classes at which local sushi chefs show proper technique and give insider advice on how to shop for specialty ingredients, like sushi-grade fish. All equipment used is available for purchase after class.
Next class: July 24th, 6 p.m. $60. 1341 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, 856-778-7705; kitchenkapers.com

Viking Culinary Arts Center
This Main Line showroom and school proves creating sushi is something your 13-year-old can do, by hosting instructional classes for adults, families and teens. The two-hour classes are filled with eating and rolling, and participants usually walk away with a tote bag or apron.
Next class: May 8th, 6 p.m. $79 for one adult with one child. $49 for each additional adult; $39 for each additional child. Ages 10 and up. 1 Town Place, suite 100, (Lancaster Avenue) Bryn Mawr, 610-526-9020; vikinghomechef.com

Originally published as a web exclusive in May 2006.